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Jake Cecala, Ph.D.

On a sunny day, a man wearing a gray t-shirt, blue jeans, and a white bucket had digs with a shovel in a dirt field, next to a beige mesh enclosure, which is nearly as tall as the man.

During his Ph.D. work at the University of California, Riverside, Jake Cecala, Ph.D., conducted a project looking at the effects of irrigation and pesticide use in ornamental plants on solitary bee reproduction. The project comprised 20 mesh flight cages set up in a field at the campus agricultural station. Each cage had 30 potted plants and an automated irrigation setup, and he filled each cage with alfalfa leafcutting bees (Megachile rotundata).

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